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The last place on Earth… without life

Weird and wonderful creatures can thrive in the most hostile parts on the planet, but there are a few places too harsh for even the hardiest, discovers Rachel Nuwer.<p>In the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, it looks as if nothing could ever survive. It is one of the driest places in the world, and …

Biology

Nuclear fusion: The ‘most complex machine ever built’

Our pick of the week from around the web, including the quest for nuclear fusion, the invasion of the taxi snatchers and new uses for Bitcoin.<p>Cognitive science explained<br>Jason Shepherd | The Conversation | 27 February 2014<br>Brisk tour of current research. There may be effective treatments for …

Learning

How big is space? – interactive version

Buckle up and ride a rocket through the Solar System to explore our cosmic neighbourhood.<p>Our top 12 stories of 2014 - #3: Fancy riding a rocket through our Solar System?<p>Then check out our amazing interactive infographic.<p>To celebrate our second anniversary, we’ve created an interactive version of a …

Infographics

How to learn like a memory champion

Companies are creating learning aids that tap the science of memories, says David Robson. Do they work in the classroom?<p>For most of his 20s, Ed Cooke had been hovering around the top 10 of the World Memory Championships. His achievements included memorising 2,265 binary digits in 30 minutes and the …

Oxford University

Quantum computing explained: harnessing particle physics to work faster

Work is underway around the world to revolutionise computers using the principles of quantum mechanics<p>Around the world teams of scientists are working on the next technological revolution: quantum computing. But what makes it so special? And why do we need it? We ask physicist Dr Ruth Oulton of the …

Milk Music: Samsung launches free music streaming service

<b>The world's biggest smartphone maker, Samsung, has launched a free music streaming service called Milk Music.</b><p>The service, currently only available on its Galaxy range of smartphones in the US, includes over 200 radio stations and 13 million songs.<p>Music streaming is seen as a key area of growth and …

Mobile

Ask Anything: Why Is The Milky Way A Spiral?

The galaxy getdown<p>The shape of our galaxy is nothing special. Among the other clusters of stars that can be easily observed from our corner of the universe, a few are blobby and egg-shaped, but more than two-thirds are so-called “disc galaxies,” or ones whose stars have settled into flat orbits, as …

Universe

'Particle Fever' takes you inside the epic search for the Higgs Boson

On July 4th, 2012, the particle physics laboratory CERN announced the news. After more than 20 years of research and preparation, they'd finally found the Higgs boson, or a particle that looked an awful lot like it. It was touted as the last piece in the jigsaw puzzle of modern particle physics, …

WIRED Space Photo of the Day for March 2014

Author: Adam Mann<p>06:30 am<p>Follow Space Photo of the Day on TwitterThe 2013 WIRED Space Photo of the Day GalleryThe 2012 WIRED Space Photo of the Day …

Monster black hole spins at half the speed of light

Light speed is about 300,000 kilometers per second (186,000 miles per second), so this black hole is spinning almost unbelievably fast.<p>University of …

Jumbo Black Hole's Dizzying Spin Twists Space

A rapidly spinning black hole points to smooth formation of early galaxies.<p>A monster black hole rotates at roughly half the speed of light, astronomers reported on Wednesday, twisting space as it turns. (Read "Star Eater" in <i>National Geographic</i> magazine.)<p>Most galaxies, including our own spiral Milky …

Spin of distant black hole measured at half of speed of light | Reuters

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - A supermassive black hole inside a distant quasar spins at about 336 million mph (540 million kph) or roughly half the speed of light, according to research published on Wednesday in the journal Nature.<p>Multiple images of a distant quasar are visible in this …

APOD: NGC 1333 Stardust (2014 Mar 06) Image Credit & Copyright: Al Howard http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140306.html Explanation: NGC 1333 is seen in visible light as a reflection nebula, dominated by bluish hues characteristic of starlight reflected by dust. A mere 1,000 light-years distant toward the heroic constellation Perseus, it lies at the edge of a large, star-forming molecular cloud. This striking close-up view spans about two full moons on the sky or just over 15 light-years at the estimated distance of NGC 1333. It shows details of the dusty region along with hints of contrasting red emission from Herbig-Haro objects, jets and shocked glowing gas emanating from recently formed stars. In fact, NGC 1333 contains hundreds of stars less than a million years old, most still hidden from optical telescopes by the pervasive stardust. The chaotic environment may be similar to one in which our own Sun formed over 4.5 billion years ago. http://www.astrophotogallery.org/m49-alhoward-protype1.html Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=a140306 #APOD